Review of The Last Days Of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin

Published: 19th June 2014
Publisher: Transworld
Pages: 448


Rabbit Hayes loves her life, ordinary as it is, and the extraordinary people in it. She loves her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colourful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye. But it turns out the world has other plans for Rabbit, and she’s OK with that. Because she has plans for the world too, and only a handful of days left to make them happen.


Thank you to Transworld for the review copy.

Mia ‘Rabbit’ Hayes has Cancer. She’s surrounded by a caring set of family and friends. What I valued the most about this plot was that it was honest from the start. There was no pretending that Cancer is a bitch – it was raw, honest, brutual and that’s why this book will be an absolutely hit.

“You’re angry and you wanted to give Baby Jesus the finger.”

We don’t just hear from Rabbit, we hear from her parents, her husband, her siblings, her friends and her daughter. It was a book jam packed with several point of views and every single character’s personality shone through. We don’t remain in the present as everyone shares memories of Rabbit which range from a child to an adult. I thought that was a touching aspect as it prepares the readers for the goodbye.

I was so caught up with the narrative that as I read the final page, I gasped. Anna did a remarkable job of writing a book surrounded by Cancer. I loved every single member of the Hayes family. I just wanted to know why Rabbit isn’t known by her real name of Mia.

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